Children's Book Reviews (page 7)

A LEAP FOR LEGADEMA by Beverly Joubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An attractively designed, appealing, and informative story suitable for reading aloud or reading independently. (maps, photos) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Stunning color photographs and a lively, engaging text depict both the special bond between a mother leopard and her cub and how the cub learns to become independent. Read full book review >
RODENT RASCALS by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Humans are lucky to have rodents,' Munro argues…and makes her case with equal warmth to hearts and minds. (websites, index) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Twenty-one representatives of the largest mammalian order pose in this fetching portrait gallery. Read full book review >

CHECKED by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Best for dog lovers, hockey fans, and elite athletes. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An 11-year-old elite hockey player struggles with multiple real-world issues while sidelined from pursuing his dream of playing in the NHL. Read full book review >
BRINGING ME BACK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Engrossing, satisfying, and compassionate. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A boy, desperate and broken, and a young bear with its head caught in a bucket: Vrabel (Pack of Dorks, 2016, etc.) sensitively interweaves these two disparate plotlines. Read full book review >
HEY-HO, TO MARS WE'LL GO! by Susan Lendroth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An amusing sing-along read-aloud to introduce space exploration and astronautics. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A first-person journey to Mars, to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," with additional space exploration facts. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A solid account of women's contributions as aviators during World War II. (bibliography, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Pearson zooms in on the leaders, pioneers, and supporters of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs—a group of over 1,000 young women who contributed to the war effort by ferrying bombers, pursuit planes, and trainer planes where they needed to go, freeing up male pilots to head across the Atlantic. Read full book review >
MARIGOLD & DAISY by Andrea Zuill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not your garden-variety sibling story despite a familiar theme. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Spring has sprung, and with it comes new beginnings and unexpected trials for two young snails. Read full book review >
NATURE'S LULLABY FILLS THE NIGHT by Dee  Leone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Snoozeworthy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Those wishing to cultivate a state of wakefulness would do well to avoid this book at all costs. Read full book review >
A COUCH FOR LLAMA by Leah Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fun blend of realistic and ridiculous that will appeal to a broad audience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When the Lago family has sat, spilled, and jumped on their beloved couch one time too many, a misadventure equal parts practical and absurd begins. Read full book review >
BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lovely illustrations work with a somewhat heavy-handed message; effective more as instruction than story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town. Read full book review >
THE BIG BED by Bunmi Laditan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A smart, charmingly manipulative kid trying to get what she wants makes for a fun (and diverse!) story that both children and adults can enjoy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blogger Laditan (The Honest Toddler) makes her picture-book debut with the story of a little girl who argues for her dad's spot in "the big bed." Read full book review >
PETRA by Marianna Coppo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lending itself to a range of readings, from perspective to an exploration of identity, this Italian import is a pleasingly intelligent book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A well-crafted conversation starter that touches on many themes, including perspective, relevance, and potential. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >